President's Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities: Notice of Meeting
Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2) notice is hereby given that the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities will hold its third quarterly meeting by telephone conference call to discuss items related to people with intellectual disabilities. The conference call will be open to the public to listen, with call-ins limited to the number of telephone lines available. Individuals who plan to call in and need special assistance, such as TTY, assistive listening devices, or materials in alternative format, should inform Ericka Alston, Executive Assistant, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Telephone202-619-0634, Fax202-205- 9519, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than November 30, 2005. Efforts will be made to meet special requests received after that date, but availability of special needs accommodations to respond to these requests cannot be guaranteed. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the conference call due to scheduling problems. Agenda: The Committee plans to discuss the Social Security Administration's proposed amendments to the Ticket to Work and Self- Sufficiency Program, the Employer Work Incentive Act for Individuals with Severe Disabilities and an update on the Medicaid Commission. The Honorable Martin H. Gerry, Deputy Commissioner, Disability and Income Security Programs, Social Security Administration, and John D. Kemp, attorney and advocate for people with disabilities, will be guest speakers.
Office of Community Services; Program Announcement for Assets for Independence Demonstration Program Grants
On February 9, 2005, the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published an announcement seeking applications for the Assets for Independence Demonstration Program. The announcement appeared in Volume 70, pages 6879-6888 of the Federal Register. This document announces a change in the application receipt requirements. To be considered timely for all application due dates, applications now must be received at the OCS Operations Center no later than the due dates. The Program Announcement for Assets for Independence Demonstration Program is a standing announcement. It is effective until canceled or changed by the Office of Community Services (OCS). Applicants may submit applications at any time throughout the year. OCS will review and make funding decisions about applications submitted by any of three due dates: March 15, June 15, and November 1. (If a date falls on a weekend, the due date will be the following Monday.) For example, starting in mid-March annually, OCS will review all applications submitted November 2 through March 15. Starting in early June, OCS will review all applications submitted March 16 through June 15. And, starting in early November, OCS will review all applications submitted June 16 through November 1. Unsuccessful applicants may submit a new application in any succeeding application period. (1) Under Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times Please Delete the following: Explanation of Due Dates The closing time and date for receipt of applications is referenced above. Mailed applications postmarked after the closing date will be classified as late. Deadline: Mailed applications shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are either received on or before the deadline date or sent on or before the deadline date and received by ACF in time for the independent review referenced in Section IV.6. Applicants must ensure that a legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark or a legibly dated, machine produced postmark of a commercial service is affixed to the envelope/package containing the application(s). To be acceptable of proof of timely mailing, a postmark from a commercial mail service must include the logo/emblem of the commercial mail service company from the applicant. Private Metered postmarks shall not be acceptable as proof of timely mailing. (Applicants are cautioned that express/overnight mail services do not always deliver as agreed.) Please Replace the deleted paragraphs under Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times with the following: Explanation of Due Dates The closing time and date for receipt of applications is referenced above. Applications received after 4:30 p.m., eastern time, on the closing date will be classified as late and will not be considered in the current competition. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that applications are mailed or submitted electronically well in advance of the application due date. (Applicants are cautioned that express/overnight mail services do not always deliver as agreed.) All information in this Notice of amendment is accurate and replaces information specified in the February 9, 2005 Notice. Announcement Availability: The Assets for Independence Demonstration Program announcement and all application materials are available at http://www.Grants.gov. Standard forms and certifications may also be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm. Finally, the OCS Asset Building Web site at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ assetbuilding provides much information about the Assets for Independence Demonstration Program and the application process. The page includes links to all required forms as well as to a guidebook for developing an AFI Project and applying for an AFI grant.
Invitation To Comment on Proposed Data Composites and Potential Performance Areas and Measures for the Child and Family Services Review
This notice is to advise the public of ACF's plan to replace the six national data measures used for the CFSR with six data composites addressing the child welfare domains of maltreatment recurrence, maltreatment in foster care, timeliness of adoptions, timeliness of reunifications, placement stability, and permanency for children. The plan to develop data composites is a response to a recommendation made by a consultant under contract with ACF to study the CFSR process. The recommendation is based on input from a CFSR workgroup convened by the consultant at the end of the first round of CFSRs to assist in identifying areas needing improvement. ACF expects that each data composite will incorporate multiple performance areas and measures relevant to a specific domain. ACF plans to use State performance on the data composites as part of its evaluation of a State's substantial conformity with specific outcomes assessed through the CFSR. National standards will be developed for each of the domains represented by the six data composites. ACF's plan to replace existing measures with data composites is consistent with the final CFSR regulation at 45 CFR 1355.34(b)(4) and (5), which authorizes the Secretary of HHS to add, amend, or suspend any of the statewide data indicators when appropriate, and to adjust the national standards when appropriate. The proposed plan also complies with the requirements of section 1123A of the Social Security Act (the Act) for ACF to assess State child welfare agencies' compliance with titles IV-B and IV-E of the Act as implemented in 45 CFR 1355.31 through 1355.37. We invite the public to comment on the data composites, performance areas, and measures proposed in this announcement.